HitFix

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 95%

Parks and Recreation: Season 5 (TV, 2012-2013)

" A very fine return from my favorite comedy on television. "

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Alan Sepinwall

2 81%

The Office: Season 9 (TV, 2012-2013)

" The arrival of the new guys forces Jim to realize he's trapped in the job he despised back when he was that young. I've been waiting for this character arc for years now, and the scenes were promising (if not incredibly funny). "

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Alan Sepinwall

3 51%

Trouble with the Curve (2012)

"[Eastwood] doesn't argue with an empty chair, but he does kick the crap out of a coffee table."

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Geoff Berkshire

4 60%

Revolution: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" The bottom line for any pilot is always less "Do I like the show?" and more "Do I want to watch the next episode?" In the case of Revolution, the answer is "Yes, I kinda do." "

Posted Sep 17, 2012

Dan Fienberg

5 60%

Revolution: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" They haven't done enough with it to make me instantly pull my nose up from my phone whenever the next episode starts. "

Posted Sep 17, 2012

Alan Sepinwall

6 23%

The Mob Doctor: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" This is a combination of watered-down hospital drama and watered-down mob drama, and the combination not only doesn't make either half better, it makes both sillier. "

Posted Sep 17, 2012

Alan Sepinwall

7 81%

The Impossible (2012)

"'The Impossible' is an experience I can't imagine audiences easily shaking, and it's going to stick with me for a long time."

Posted Sep 17, 2012

Drew McWeeny

8 93%

Parenthood: Season 4 (TV, 2012-2013)

" We return with an almost defiantly small episode, one that in its own way is as much a reminder of why I love Parenthood as a four-hankie outing would have been. "

Posted Sep 11, 2012

Alan Sepinwall

9 59%

Go On: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" There's enough in this first episode to bring me back for more, but a lot of potential trouble signs along the way. "

Posted Sep 11, 2012

Alan Sepinwall

10 85%

Sons of Anarchy: Season 5 (TV, 2012)

" The show has embraced the toxic effect the club has on all who get involved with it. "

Posted Sep 11, 2012

Alan Sepinwall

11 53%

The New Normal: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" The execution in this case is too shrill and scattered to get any of [Murphy's] points - or jokes - across. "

Posted Sep 10, 2012

Alan Sepinwall

12 93%

Looper (2012)

"Rian Johnson's 'Looper' is one of the year's best films... a huge jump forward for a filmmaker whose first two films both exhibited a strong, clear voice."

Posted Sep 9, 2012

Drew McWeeny

13 78%

Dredd (2012)

"Ultimately, your reaction to 'Dredd 3D' will depend on your tolerance for an almost breathtaking level of graphic violence."

Posted Sep 9, 2012

Drew McWeeny

14 85%

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

"It is smart, it is delicately made, and it is played perfectly by its young ensemble cast."

Posted Sep 9, 2012

Drew McWeeny

15 83%

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

"'Seven Psychopaths' is the sort of comedy that will reward repeat viewings, dense with both verbal and visual humor, and smart about the way it deconstructs itself even as it plays."

Posted Sep 9, 2012

Drew McWeeny

16 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"... a unique and beautiful work of film art that dares to dream big in a way we rarely see from either studios or independent sources."

Posted Sep 9, 2012

Drew McWeeny

17 85%

The Master (2012)

"'The Master,' like Lancaster Dodd himself, offers up lots of talk and lots of sound and fury, but no answers, and it is one of the most frustrating experiences of the year. "

Posted Sep 9, 2012

Drew McWeeny

18 55%

For a Good Time, Call... (2012)

"This unapologetically raunchy comedy ought to be the vehicle that sets Ari Gaynor up for, at the very least, the chance to play the lead in an edgy sitcom or something."

Posted Aug 25, 2012

Dan Fienberg

19 64%

Cosmopolis (2012)

"It helps that Pattinson interacts with truly great performances from the supporting cast. "

Posted Aug 21, 2012

Drew McWeeny

20 66%

Copper: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" Copper is very much a work in progress, but it's a work in progress from a creative team whose track record all but demands investing the time to see what it becomes. "

Posted Aug 19, 2012

Alan Sepinwall

21 88%

Boss: Season 2 (TV, 2012)

" The political drama remains a show I find much easier to admire than to enjoy. "

Posted Aug 17, 2012

Alan Sepinwall

22 89%

Suburgatory: Season 2 (TV, 2012-2013)

" It's a show without pretensions. It knows exactly what it is and doesn't apologize for that, but simply aspires to be the best version of itself that it can be. "

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Alan Sepinwall

23 75%

Hell on Wheels: Season 2 (TV, 2012)

" It's a solid, meat-and-potatoes example of a genre (Westerns) I've always had a soft spot for - no more, and no less. "

Posted Aug 12, 2012

Alan Sepinwall

24 17%

Animal Practice: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" The way all the creatures big and small seem to have the run of this place adds to the lunatic flavor. It's with the people where Animal Practice runs into more difficulty. "

Posted Aug 12, 2012

Alan Sepinwall

25 85%

George Harrison: Living In The Material World ()

"Scorsese makes it into something more than a three-plus hour rehash of an oft-told tale."

Posted Aug 6, 2012

Alan Sepinwall

26 87%

ParaNorman (2012)

"I love that in a summer where some of the biggest and most hyped films have disappointed, a small under-the-radar charmer like 'ParaNorman' has the ability to surprise completely."

Posted Aug 4, 2012

Drew McWeeny

27 65%

Game Change (2013)

"Game Change is a big disappointment, a broadside at a very big target, and a waste of some impressive talent in front of and behind the camera."

Posted Aug 3, 2012

Alan Sepinwall

28 30%

Total Recall (2012)

"This movie is a reaction to the original as much as it's a remake, and because of that, I think it manages to carve out its own identity."

Posted Aug 1, 2012

Drew McWeeny

29 73%

Klown (2012)

"At some point, someone will write the history of this modern comedy of the uncomfortable, and when they do, I hope they devote an entire chapter to 'Klown.'"

Posted Jul 28, 2012

Drew McWeeny

30 79%

Ruby Sparks (2012)

"... the result is... a warm and wise fable about the way we romanticize people at the start of a relationship, only to be disappointed as ugly, messy reality asserts itself."

Posted Jul 27, 2012

Drew McWeeny

31 17%

The Watch (2012)

"When the punchine of the movie is basically the same as [Costco's] slogan, though, that seems like a mistake. "

Posted Jul 27, 2012

Drew McWeeny

32 36%

Baby Daddy: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" Keep trying, guys. It can't be that hard to make me and teenage girls laugh. "

Posted Jul 20, 2012

Dan Fienberg

33 74%

The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012)

"I think the film gets better as it wears on, as the characters finally start to feel more relaxed and natural, and by the end, I bought the sentiment it reaches for."

Posted Jul 16, 2012

Drew McWeeny

34 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"Whoever Warner Bros hires to reboot the 'Batman' films a few years from now, I wish you luck. The bar is as high as it could possibly be."

Posted Jul 16, 2012

Drew McWeeny

35 63%

Political Animals: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" But with a cast this good, and with so many potentially juicy conflicts already in play, I'm going to take a more optimistic point of view than Elaine Barrish (Sigourney Weaver) might. "

Posted Jul 15, 2012

Alan Sepinwall

36 43%

The Paperboy (2012)

"Nasty Southern Gothic noir is as apt a canvas as any for [Daniels'] specious talents, unleashing his latent high-camp sensibility without disingenuously dignifying it."

Posted Jul 15, 2012

Guy Lodge

37 100%

Breaking Bad: Season 5 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Breaking Bad is still a perfect model of filmed suspense. "

Posted Jul 15, 2012

Alan Sepinwall

38 29%

Red Lights (2012)

"I'm pretty sure that "Red Lights" is a fascinating failure -- and possibly an oddball cult film in-the-making -- but a failure none-the-less."

Posted Jul 12, 2012

Dan Fienberg

39 51%

Savages (2012)

"While this is a ridiculously violent movie at times and there are some big chaotic action scenes, there's something delicate and small about 'Savages,' and I like that about it as well."

Posted Jun 30, 2012

Drew McWeeny

40 75%

Twenty Twelve: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

" Twenty Twelve is ultimately too safe and predictable to be funny enough for the time spent watching it. "

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Alan Sepinwall

41 77%

Take This Waltz (2012)

"Whether or not [Michelle Williams] receives a fourth Oscar nomination for this film, the performance is among her most challenging and complex."

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Geoff Berkshire

42 100%

Louie: Season 3 (TV, 2012)

" Louie continues to be one of the very best shows on television. "

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Alan Sepinwall

43 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"Fiercely original, richly imagined, and blessed with one of the great child performances... it may be the first great new fairy tale on film since 'City Of Lost Children.'"

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Drew McWeeny

44 80%

Magic Mike (2012)

"... they've got something really charming and smart here, and it deserves to be one of Soderbergh's biggest hits in years."

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Drew McWeeny

45 21%

Anger Management: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" The pilot's not especially funny. "

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Alan Sepinwall

46 100%

Awkward: Season 2 (TV, 2012)

" The dialogue is still quotable and catchy, but the unique voice and rhythm is reduced, if not altogether gone. "

Posted Jun 27, 2012

Dan Fienberg

47 55%

People Like Us (2012)

"A good cast goes a long way in masking narrative and stylistic flaws."

Posted Jun 27, 2012

Geoff Berkshire

48 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"This film's got one major issue that nothing can overcome, and that is a profound feeling of 'been there, done that.'"

Posted Jun 27, 2012

Drew McWeeny

49 68%

Ted (2012)

"... while the movie has a dirty mouth, it's got a sweet heart, and it suggests to me that MacFarlane's signature interests are tempered by a new maturity to his work."

Posted Jun 27, 2012

Drew McWeeny

50 46%

The Newsroom: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" The Newsroom is a mess - albeit a fascinating, and at times genuinely entertaining, mess. "

Posted Jun 24, 2012

Alan Sepinwall

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